Vaisala has announced that wind energy developer Windlab is using the Vaisala Triton Sonic Wind Profiler, a ground-based remote sensing system, to assist with ongoing site selection work in Africa.
Vaisala says its Triton system can be used either in locations where meteorological masts might be inappropriate or difficult to install, or in conjunction with these masts to identify site suitability issues and gain a more detailed assessment of a project's resource potential. Tritons are also able to operate autonomously, powered in most cases by onboard solar panels, the company adds.
"The Vaisala Triton was instrumental in streamlining our site selection process, quickly enabling us to select the best and highest-performing project sites in South Africa," says Shane Quinnell, project engineer at Windlab.
"By placing the Tritons we own in strategic locations at each prospective site, we gained a strong understanding of potential site performance, while eliminating the cost and consenting challenges typically associated with meteorological masts," he continues.